The Keys to a Successful Open Enrollment




Open enrollment is one of the most important times of the year for organizations; however, complex and ongoing changes to health care and retirement plans can create confusion that leads to poor choices. With proper planning, employers can develop communication strategies to help employees make the best selections for their wellness and future financial security.


Communication is key to a successful open enrollment season. And when it comes to developing a benefits communications strategy that will engage your employees, creating messages that resonate with your audience is critical...


Bold Solutions For the Widening Skills Gap


HRPS: What is driving the increase in the skills gap? Why aren’t traditional methods working in closing the gap? 

Jeanne: As many as 375 million global workers will need to switch their occupations because technology will make what they are doing obsolete. The pace of change has never been this fast and it will never be this slow again. Digital disruption, artificial intelligence (AI), automation of jobs, and the obsolescence of skills is resulting in a fundamental change in the workplace. 

According to our research, Closing the Skills Gap 2019, conducted among 600...


LifeReady Students: Preparing Our Children For College, Career, and Life

NSBA Executive Director and CEO Thomas J. Gentzel, with SHRM President and CEO. 


There is a growing economic crisis in our country that is going largely unnoticed. It threatens our current and future prosperity as individuals and as a nation. Not since the 1930s, just before the Great Depression, have we faced such a daunting challenge: filling good jobs when there are not enough people available to staff them.

There are approximately seven million American jobs available right now, and that number is expected to double in the next five years. The...


How to Successfully Tackle Difficult Conversations: 6 Dos and Don’ts 



Difficult conversations are part of life. That makes tackling tough issues with tact and respect an important workplace skill. By cultivating a culture of trust and openness and fostering strong communication practices, you can successfully navigate tricky topics and help your team thrive.

But while that’s easy to say, it’s not always so easy to do. For me, prioritizing frequent, open communication with my team earns the trust of those who work closely with me. A trusting environment goes a long way toward promoting productive conversations.

Here are some dos...


#Nextchat RECAP: Women in Technology

On October 2, @shrmnextchat chatted with @jeanneachille, an HR technology expert, the founder and CEO of The Devon Group, and Chair of the Women in HR Technology Summit, about Women in Technology. 

If you missed this excellent chat about how HR professionals can work inside and outside their organizations to attract, develop and support more women in technical careers, you can read all the tweets here or below:





HR’s Take on ILO’s Global Commission on The Future of Work’s Report 2019


The International Labor Organization (ILO) launched it's Global Commission’s report on January 22, 2019, with a focus on a “human-centered” agenda for the future of work. The report calls for Governments, employers and workers organizations to reboot the social contract to meet the challenges of the future, and examines issues such as the future of work, work flex, apprenticeships, the skills-gap, diversity and inclusion, among others—to better adjust to the current world of work. The report centers on three pillars of action:

  1. Increasing investment in people’s capabilities
  2. Increasing investment in the
  3. ...

A Disability Employment Story #NDEAM


It's happened too many times for me to count. A well-meaning person asks me if I work. It’s automatic. They take one look at my disability and motorized wheelchair, and think: “this person couldn’t possibly work.”

It would be easy to take offense since I have worked continuously and advanced in my career since graduating college (and later graduate school) 20 years ago. But I understand the assumption because it is everywhere in our society. “People with disabilities can’t work / shouldn’t work/don’t want to work.” Or some variation....


Despite Some Toxic Workplaces, Most Americans Feel Fulfilled at Work



When you consider adults spend 90,000 hours of their lifetime at work, and how work impacts or shapes the personal lives of 3 billion people in the world (good, bad or something in between), you begin to realize just how connected our experiences at work—workplace culture—are to our sense of well-being.

SHRM has placed workplace culture at the center of public awareness this month with the launch of three new television commercials, our Workplace Convos & Coffee activation at the Oculus in New York City (happening today!) and the release of a brand-new report, The...


#Nextchat: Women in Technology


More women are pursuing careers in technology and other high-growth STEM fields, but they continue to face challenges as they look to move up. The organizational practices and attitudes that exist in these industries tend to reinforce many of the roadblocks that prevent women from advancing. 

The SHRM news article “Disrupting the Tech Profession’s Gender Gap” says that, in addition to traditional roadblocks, practices such as using artificial intelligence to recruit candidates can contribute to the problem. “Amazon recently had to scrap its new recruiting engine because its algorithm wasn't...


Can Your Job Posting Attract Diverse Candidates?



Even though it is difficult to admit, we have unconscious biases that influence our interactions and decisions in the workplace. If we do not check those biases, organizational leaders and HR professionals might create unintended outcomes. 

A few years ago, I didn’t pursue a career opportunity with a particular consulting company. The reason was this— the job posting clearly stated that candidates must be 26 years old or younger. I wondered how they came up with a random number like 26, but I wasn’t prepared to go through the application process...